Saturday, May 31, 2014

Psycho (1960)

Out of all the iconic moments in Psycho, the scene in the parlour of the Bates Motel between Norman Bates and Marion Crane is a tour de force. Two characters - one a misguided woman reaching a moment of clarity and redemption, the other a deeply troubled man under the thrall of his mother - discuss birds, taxidermy, personal traps, private islands, and going a little mad... Their mutual vulnerability accentuates the growing fear of what's to come. Anthony Perkins' subtle transition of emotions is chilling. With superb dialogue, expert direction and priceless performances, it's a golden moment of cinema.

Read more about Psycho in an older blog post of mine here.

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